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Janet’s Cabin

Located at timberline in the Guller Creek Drainage next to the Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Janet’s Cabin is a fine hut that attracts hikers and mountain bikers in summer, and intermediate to expert skiers in winter. The hut was completed in 1990 by the Summit Huts Association. The lovingly crafted 3,000 square foot cabin is built with 10″ Montana pine logs. Four bedrooms sleep a maximum of 20 guests in winter, and 14 in summer. If you like mountain lounging, you’ll feel at home on the large front deck.

Janet’s Cabin is dedicated to the memory of Janet Boyd Tyler, a Vail resident and avid skier who passed away in 1988. According to her eulogy, “Janet was renowned for her quick smile and readiness to constantly re-discover the joy of life. She discovered her life-long passion for skiing while attending school in New Hampshire. Early on, Janet met the challenges of the slopes, including (if the legends are true) Tuckerman Ravine in the White Mountains. She dug into all her pursuits with the same enthusiasm she gave to skiing, and she often viewed life’s challenges from a skier’s perspective. Mountain views, fresh clear air, the beckoning of trees beside the trails, but most of all a good powder morning – these were all perceptions she carried every day.” Janet’s lifetime ski pass is now buried in the foundation of Janet’s Cabin.

Hut Information

Owned By

Summit Huts Association

Open

Summer / Winter

Winter Mileage*

3.7

Closest Town

Copper Mountain

Hut Elevation

11,610 '

Cumulative Elevation Gain *

1,162'

Layout

Beds are all upstairs, bunk-style in 4 different rooms (1 room with 1 single bunk and 2 single beds, 2 rooms with a double bunk and 2 single beds, and 1 room with 1 double bunk, no double beds).

Capacity: 20 in Winter, 14 in Summer

Hutmasters and Volunteers: SHA realizes that groups that reserve the entire cabin are seeking privacy. However, SHA does not prevent hutmasters or volunteers from staying in the downstairs Hutmasters’ Quarters, even when one group has booked the cabin. All hutmasters and volunteers are expected to respect the privacy of cabin guests while carrying out their maintenance duties. Maintenance staff is at the cabin once a week and guests should not be surprised to encounter hutmasters or volunteers during their visit.

*from Union Creek Trailhead (Winter)

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

No

Refrigeration

No

Water

Stream*, Snow Melt**

Toilet

Composting Toilet

Ada Accessible

No

Sauna

Yes

Fire Ring

No

Grill

No

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

No

* Summer only
** Winter only

Details

  • Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
  • Propane for kitchen burners
  • Plastic bins for food storage
  • Snow collection buckets and large pot for melting snow on wood-burning heat stove in winter, collection buckets for stream water in summer (bring your own filter)
  • Indoor composting toilet, toilet paper
  • Wood-fired sauna available year-round
  • Pots, pans, potholders, dishware, cooking and eating utensils, percolator or French press, salt & pepper
  • Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags
  • Solar powered lights
  • Mattresses, pillows

Book This Hut

Capacity

20

Price

$50/person/night

Visit our Online Booking Platform to search for availability and book this hut.

Location

39.463898, -106.230156

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Camp Hale N/S Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Breckenridge/Tennessee Pass; Eagles Nest/Holy Cross

USFS

Map : White River National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

During the winter, Janet’s Cabin is primarily accessed via the Copper Mountain Ski area by either riding the lifts up and exiting out one of the backcountry gates or by skiing or snowshoeing up from the bottom of the ski area and exiting out the backcountry gate. Please see the winter information PDF and route descriptions below for more details. Experienced groups may also consider accessing the cabin from the Vail Pass Trailhead, but because this trail is less traveled it may require more difficult route-finding and trail-breaking. The routes to Janet’s are suggested 10th Mountain routes and are marked with customary blue diamonds. There is no snowmobile access to this hut in the winter.

NO MOTORIZED ACCESS: During the winter season (November to May), motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, are prohibited near Janet’s Cabin within the 60-acre envelope designated by the US Forest Service. Violations are punishable by law. Please plan to access Janet’s Cabin under your own power, carrying your own gear.

Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area Fee: This hut is located in the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area. Use of this hut during most of the winter requires payment of additional fees to the US Forest Service that will be charged at the time you make your reservation. This is not a parking fee; it applies regardless of which trailhead is used. The $10.00 per person per night fee is in effect from Thanksgiving through the end of April, children 15 and under are free.

Janet’s Cabin Winter Information & Parking Permit PDF

Routes

Janet's Cabin from Union Creek Trailhead via K & L Lifts/Standard Winter Route

Total Mileage

3.7

Trailhead Elevation

9,820'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,162'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

371'

Janet's Cabin from Union Creek Trailhead via Roundabout & West Tenmile Ski Runs

Total Mileage

4.9

Trailhead Elevation

9,820'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,989'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

201'

Janet's Cabin from Vail Pass Trailhead

Total Mileage

5.7

Trailhead Elevation

10,580'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,703'

The Colorado Trail passes right by Janet’s Cabin and provides access to the hut from Copper Mountain. For a longer, more adventurous hike in you can start on the Colorado Trail from South Camp Hale and hike over Kokomo and Searle Passes to the hut. This section of the Colorado Trail is open to mountain biking as well and the route from Copper Mountain to South Camp Hale is a popular ride in the summer with some incredible high-country views. There is no vehicle access to Janet’s Cabin in the summer.

Summer Water Source Information

Janet’s Cabin Summer Information & Parking Permit PDF

Routes

Hike on Trail to Janet's Cabin from Union Creek Trailhead via Copper Mountain & the Colorado Trail

Total Mileage

6.8

Trailhead Elevation

9,820'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,170'

Hut-Specific Weather

Tonight : Partly cloudy. Low around 28, with temperatures rising to around 30 overnight. Southwest wind 8 to 12 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Thursday : Snow showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny. High near 48, with temperatures falling to around 37 in the afternoon. West southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Thursday Night : Snow showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy. Low around 23, with temperatures rising to around 27 overnight. West northwest wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Friday : A chance of snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 39. West northwest wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Friday Night : Snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday : Snow showers before 9am, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Saturday Night : Snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Sunday : Snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 37. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunday Night : A chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

Monday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Monday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

Tuesday : Sunny, with a high near 51.

Tuesday Night : Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Wednesday : A slight chance of rain showers between noon and 5pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

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Notices

Avalanche Hazard Information

Colorado is known for its avalanche prone snowpack. A number of the suggested routes to 10th Mountain Division Huts pass through or are next to terrain that may be prone to avalanches. Accordingly, pick the suggested route that most suits your group and its abilities, carry appropriate equipment, and always exercise prudent backcountry travel techniques when passing through avalanche prone terrain. Remember, avalanches can occur in forested areas and can run into forested areas from open slopes. Moreover, a number of huts booked are situated in the midst of extreme avalanche terrain. Many other huts, while located in more modest terrain, still have access routes that cross avalanche paths.

We strongly suggest that someone in every group be experienced in evaluating avalanche and snow stability hazards and practicing prudent backcountry and winter mountain travel techniques. For up-to-date avalanche information for all of Colorado, visit the website for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). Another excellent resource is the Forest Service National Avalanche Center website. While this site doesn’t have local forecasts, it does have a wealth of information on backcountry travel in avalanche terrain and snow science, as well as tutorials on some basic skills and snow science.

We recommend that you start checking the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) website regularly before your trip to see how conditions are evolving. Study your maps to see what type of terrain you will be traveling through to see if there are alternative routes that might be feasible if snow stability conditions deteriorate. During most of the winter, travel to the huts, other than those in the Braun Hut System and the Friends’ Hut, is possible with a relatively minor degree of risk. However, if your trip falls within a period or cycle of high or extreme instability, you must make the decision of whether or not to go. The huts are not closed for avalanche hazard reasons.

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